By Abraham Gutierrez
Following his arrest at a Broward County nightclub Saturday morning, is a beaten and bruised mug shot of Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby a perfect illustration of the state of the National Football League as it relates to the violent and troubled stigma attached to current NFL players?
According to confirmed reports, Shelby was "reportedly causing a disturbance at a club located at 111 Southwest 2nd Avenue," when "security officers employed at this establishment and uniformed Fort Lauderdale Police officers asked Shelby to leave the establishment and he refused," stated Detective DeAnne Greenlaw in an email on Sunday.
Since his arrest for "Trespassing unoccupied structure or conveyance" and "Resist officer – obstruct without violence", the Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin issued the following statement.
"We were disappointed to learn about Derrick's arrest. Everyone in this organization is held to high standards of conduct and professionalism. Based on my conversations with Derrick and the information we have thus far, Derrick will be placed on Indefinite Club Suspension. When we have completed all of the necessary diligence, we will make a final determination on his discipline."
Even though this is a developing story, the information available indicates that the incident took place at CYN Nightclub, which was previously named Off The Hookah. Shelby was arrested on misdemeanor charges at around 2:28 a.m. and was released on a $100 bond at approximately 10:21 a.m.
The obvious question on everyone's minds is who is responsible for Shelby's bruised and beaten face if he resisted arrest without violence? While the Broward Sherriff's Office has stated it will not release the police report until Monday, Shelby's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg, is making some inflammatory claims.
"There was no report of a fight (in the club) or anything like that," he said. "The only place the bruising can come from is from the police. I don't want to get into that too much. When you see charges of resisting without violence and you see photos like that there's a lot of conflicting information."
Rosenberg also declared that his 6-foot-2, 282-pound client "maintains his innocence," and is "going to plea not guilty". Other reports indicate that unnamed sources at the club stated that Shelby was kicked out for acting up, but that a fight did not take place inside the establishment.
As far as whether the 25-year-old from Houston, Texas, had spoken to the Dolphins, or whether he's likely to face any disciplinary actions for his arrest, Rosenberg simply said "I can't speak for them."
Shelby is a very valuable asset to the Miami Dolphins' defensive line rotation, especially as the Fins prepares to face Aaron Rodgers and the explosive Green Bay Packers offense at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
This Packers-Dolphins NFL Week 6 contest is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. . According to NFL oddsmakers, the Green Bay Packers have opened up as -3½-point favorites despite being on the road. In turn, the Fins will enjoy a +3½-point cushion in the ATS department in what is sure to be a good barometer of where Miami's defense ranks against the best in the league.
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